Controversial 'Quran burning' pastor Terry Jones to move church to St. Petersburg

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St. Petersburg, Florida - After grabbing national headlines last week for threatening to hold "International Burn a Quran Day" outside the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Pastor Terry Jones now says he'll move his church to the Tampa Bay area.

Jones held a press conference Thursday to address several topics.

One of the things he mentioned is plans to make the move to St. Petersburg, in hopes of finding a larger audience.

The church confirmed those intentions again Friday afternoon.

Jones already owns a condo on Treasure Island.

Bruce Wright, a pastor for Refuge Ministries in St. Pete, and one of the protestors from the St. Pete for Peace organization that traveled to Gainesville last Saturday, doesn't expect Jones to be welcomed.

"We're a very diverse community.  I can only see it as a bad thing," Wright said, "I think the vast majority, including most Christians in this community, would not want to have something like that here."

While Wright hopes he reconsiders, Jones says as soon as the property in Gainesville is sold, they're leaving.

The church claims this was the plan before the Quran burning controversy.

Several requests for an interview with Jones on Friday went unanswered.

Adam Freeman, 10 News

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